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Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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No Backing Down

Jeremiah 1:4-10


Synopsis: “No Backing Down” is how I would describe what God said to the prophet in the opening verses of Jeremiah 1:4-10.  One thing is for sure, the LORD was not backing down (Jeremiah 20:7-9).  The same characteristic if found abundantly in Jesus Christ (Luke 13:10-17).  Surely Jesus did not back down and God the Father didn’t either.  It is the same characteristic that is called for in the lives of those who believe in Jesus (Hebrews 12:18-29). 

      No Backing Down, and yet we do back down.  Our inaction may be the first way we back down.  Our failure to take action is sin (James 4:17) that creates a vacuum in the life of the church.  That vacuum sucks others into inaction as well.  Do you know what happens in a vacuum?  That’s Right, “NOTHING!”  And if your good with “NOTHING” then you’re not good with God.  Hear the word of the LORD spoken to Jeremiah as the word of the Lord spoken to you, “Today I appoint you to stand up…”  You do not have to live your spiritual life in a vacuum.  Actions obedient to the will of our Heavenly Father will break your spiritual vacuum every time.  But don’t get ahead of yourself, get right with God first and then your Heavenly Father will show you the way of obedience (Romans 12:1-2)


Text (NLT): Jeremiah 1:4-10, 20:7-9; Luke 13:10-17; James 4:17; Hebrews 12:18-29; Romans 12:1-2


Scripture Reading: Psalm 103:1-5

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August 7, 2016                                                                                  

Traveling Mercy Ministries Report

Visa Issues in Benin; forced to return to US;

Hoping to fix problem and return.


Dressed and Ready for Service

Luke 12:32-40


Synopsis: I have two object lessons to open my sermon with today.  The first was planned and the second just popped up.  First, tomorrow morning school kids in this area will be getting dressed and ready.  Some are excited by the thought, others, well … not so much.  Ready or not; excited or not the regular school term starts in earnest tomorrow.  Second, last week, Michael and Marley packed their bags and headed off to Benin.  They were “dressed and ready for service,” but were turned back at the airport in Benin.  We all felt that.  Next week, they will attempt to go again.

      My sermon title is “Dressed and Ready for Service,” but I am not just talking about going back to school or even Benin.  I begin reading from Luke 12:32-40, NLT.  In it Jesus uses a very familiar experience as an object lesson for “Kingdom” living.  The ones who will be rewarded are the ones who are dressed and ready for service at his return.  They are the ones who are daily engaged in doing the work of the kingdom (Hebrews 11:13-16).  Sometimes I think we forget how to do good.  The word of the Lord came to Isaiah admonishing the people of Judah and Jerusalem to “learn to do good” (Isaiah 16:17).  When believers take their eyes off heaven it is easy for them to forget who they are and to whom they belong.


Text (NLT): Luke 12:32-40; Hebrews 11:13-16; Isaiah 1:1, 10-20


Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18-20

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July 31, 2016       Commissioning of Traveling Mercy Ministries



August 3 – September 6




Driven by the Wind



Colossians 3:1-4




Synopsis: Today we are commissioning Rev. Michael Burleson and his daughter Marley for their Traveling Mercy Ministries mission trip to Benin, Africa.  Michael is a registered nurse and will be working in rural clinics with a local ministry.  He and Marley will also be leading in worship services as they have opportunity and conducting church leadership classes. 



      In my opening text the Apostle Paul admonishes believers to “set your heart on what is in heaven” (Colossians 3:1, CEV).  Believers are to set a course for their life that leads toward home.  It is how believers are to make since of this life. It is very easy to get side tracked in this world in which we live.  The Preacher or Teacher in Ecclesiastes calls them “vanities.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) He describes them as “chasing after the wind.” (v. 14).  Jesus told a parable of a man who built bigger barns to hold his increase, but died in the night leaving everything he worked for to someone else.   



      Wind is one of those interesting words in both Hebrew and Greek.  According to the context the word could be translated wind, breath or spirit.  The Preacher in Ecclesiastes defines vanity as “chasing after the wind.”  There is a big difference between chasing after the wind and being driven by the wind.  One will leave a person’s hands empty at the end of life.  The other will fill one’s existence with the life of God.  That is why believers are to be driven by the Spirit of God with a course set toward their eternal home.






Text: Colossians 3:1-4, CEV; Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, NRSV; Luke 12:13-21, CEV; Ecclesiastes 2:18-23, NIV






Scripture Reading: Psalm 107:1-9

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